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Protecting Yourself From Cybercriminals … a 5-Step Program

Guest Post by Kate Schneiders

Most homes in America have personal computers connected to cyberspace. The Internet was a great invention … it allows us to communicate with people and businesses across the glove, access educational information, connect with friends and contacts via social media, and even get information on medical issues. Although the Internet can be a great thing, it can also be a very dangerous place to hang out. It’s easy to fall victim to cyber-predators … which is why I’m sharing these 5 tips to help keep you and your kiddos safe in cyberspace.

1. Stay Current

Hackers use malicious software, called malware, to infect your computer and gain access to personal information. So, to help keep your system protected from their attacks, make sure that your antivirus software is up-to-date. With more than 100 new computer viruses being released into the wild every day, current antivirus software is crucial to your Internet safety. Also critical to your safety, is current an…

LG Optimus Me Mobile Review

This is a guest post from Simon about the advantages of LG Optimus Me.

The Optimus Me is an affordable alternative to LG's other Optimus handsets, such as the Optimus 2X and Optimus Black, and looks set to be the most affordable Android smartphone released in this half of 2011. Running on Android Froyo the Optimus Me comes with an impressive array of entertainment and messaging features to offer a similar high quality experience found on its more high profile counterparts.

With a 2.8" touchscreen the Optimus Me is smaller than most other Optimus phones and most touchscreen handsets in general. This is ideal for people looking for a touchscreen phone but not too keen on the many oversized handsets that are a burden on pockets. While the screen may be of a smaller size it is still roomy enough to enjoy video content and put good use of the web features available.

Wi-Fi and 3G are both available with this handset so that you can get online whenever you need to, and with YouTub…

Penetration testing- What it is and what it does

This is a guest post by Sachin about Penetration testing and its importance in today's world.

If you work in IT support, you’ll be well aware of the potentially nightmarish situations which can be created by antiquated security systems. Penetration testing may be exactly what you need. Penetration testing is a comprehensive form of security testing for computer networks. It involves a thorough analysis of both the network and operators, and can identify weak points in any system with ease.

Penetration testing, basics

Penetration testing is actually a physical test of system security combined with analysis. Testing consultants systematically evaluate a network, and select targets protesting. For example, old security patches, old software with known vulnerabilities, and even phone inquiries can be used to test the strengths and weaknesses of an IT system.

There are two basic types of penetration testing:

1. Internal penetration testing: Internal penetration testing finds weaknesses i…

Guide to cheap broadband

When it comes to getting yourself a good broadband deal then there has never been a
better time than right now. Thanks to a wealth of competition and the economic downturn,providers are more keen than ever to tempt you into signing up with them.

No matter if you're looking for a traditional cheap broadband deal, or perhaps a cheap mobile broadband package, there are plenty of options available and all for a great price. The secret to getting a top deal is to enlist the services of a free comparison website, such as Broadband Genie, which allows you to search all offers in seconds.

What to look for

The great thing about a comparison site is that it allows you to quickly hone your search into things that you really need from a package. So, consider the speed, the amount of data you are allowed to use including downloading content and also think about if you want to have a contract deal. The contract option can often give you a more flexible package, whereas pay-as-you-go means no c…

NetFlow: Tips on How to Analyze Your Network’s Bandwidth

Guest Post by Daniel Cawrey:

Though it is still a relatively new concept to network monitoring, NetFlow is often times unheard of by many IT professionals, having not even had the experience of working with it. But it’s such an interesting technology that I’m convinced that there are other applications for flow concepts in IT, perhaps on the web in terms of social media or some other yet-unknown element of personal computing. Regardless, here is an intro on what you need to know to analyzing bandwidth.

So, what is NetFlow? It was developed by Cisco, one of the stalwarts of the networking industry. Cisco decided to integrate NetFlow into many of its networking devices such as switches and routers. Today, many other networking companies have adopted NetFlow, and it has become somewhat of a defacto standard. There are other versions of flow on the market, but for the most part networking professionals use NetFlow.

A flow itself can be best defined as a sequence of packets that travel in…